An idea connected to a concept developed by anthropologist Anna Tsing, The Creek And the Carving is a metaphor taken out of its original context and thus deprived of its original wisdom. Making no claim to profundity, I simply like the imagery it provokes in me. Having my personal little interpretation, the name is supposed to work as a broad metaphor to be filled with meaning in similarity to Strange Light Music. Musically, the songs were picked to deviate from those of its predecessor; shorter, more pop-friendly whilst keeping the progressive dimensions. Read more about the making of TCATC.
The Creek And the Carving was released on April 20, 2016 on the Strange Light Music label. It is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Deezer, Amazon Music, Shazam, Beatport Pro, Digital, Tidal, Juno Download, 24-7, emusic and Rhapsody. Available in part on Soundcloud, Bandcamp and Kristofer Axén’s official Facebook page. If you are a reviewer using Soundcloud, there’s a private playlist of the full album!
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Kristofer Axén – Voice, Guitars, Mandolin, Bass, Piano, Nord Electro, Additional shakers, Poul Amaliel – Drums, percussion and shakers, Ninotchka – Voice and harmonica, Josefin Peters – Electric Wind Instrument, Sebastian Ring – Vibraphone and congas, Isabelle Andö – Violins, Malin Ahlberg -Hammond Organ, Lisa Eriksson – Accordion. Additional Drunks (on ‘I’m Certain’) – Introducing the choir En Raksup, in drunken disorder: Iryna Crawford, Wes-Lee Crawford, Ellinor Marcelo, Marvin Marcelo, Kyma Morera, Patrick Cody, Jeremy Marcelo, Anki Axén, Peter Axén.
Recorded at Stable Studios, Eastman Studios (Stockholm), in my studio appartment in Solna and at Huseberg, Tjörn.
Written, recorded, produced and arranged by Kristofer Axén. Mix, recording and assistant production by Poul Amaliel. Assistant production and recording by Nina Ingemarsdotter. Mastered by Simeon Pappinen Hillert.
Cover and sleeve design by Richard G. Lindström from the art work Alikaii II by Emma Lindström and photographs by Nina Ingemarsdotter and Kristofer Axén.